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Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years (1999)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  18 April 1999 (USA)
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Tells the story of Sadie and Bessie Delany, two African-American (they preferred "colored") sisters who both lived past the age of 100. They grew up on a North Carolina college campus, the ... See full summary »

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Sadie Delany
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Annie Elizabeth 'Bessie' Delany
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Amy Hill Hearth
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Sadie in her 20s
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Papa Delany
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Martha Logan
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Hubert Thomas Delany
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Tells the story of Sadie and Bessie Delany, two African-American (they preferred "colored") sisters who both lived past the age of 100. They grew up on a North Carolina college campus, the daughters of the first African-American Episcopal bishop, who was born a slave, and a woman with an inter-racial background. With the support of each other and their family, they survived encounters with racism and sexism in their own different ways. Sadie quietly and sweetly broke barriers to become the first African-American home-ec teacher in New York City, while Bessie, with her own brand of outspokenness, became the second African-American dentist in New York City. At the ages of 103 and 101, they told their story to Amy Hill Hearth, a white New York Times reporter who published an article about them. The overwhelming response launched a bestselling book, a Broadway play, and this film. Written by Tommy Peter

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While this movie is based on the first book the Delany sisters did together, certain parts of it - Sadie tricking her way into teaching at a school, and the sisters seeing themselves on Broadway - weren't revealed until Sadie published her own book "On My Own at 107" four years later. See more »

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Bessie in her 20s: I've already helped raise my 10 brothers and sisters, I feel like I've raised the whole world, I don't want to have kids.
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A heart warming musing on a century of black experience in America
14 February 2001 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

"Having Our Say" brings new meaning to "coming of age" as it tells the story of two black American sisters, both 100+ years old. Carroll and Dee make a delightful centerpiece for this film which, through a series of flashbacks, recounts their growing up and growing old in a racially divided America. A highly sanitized film, "Having..." is a light hearted reflection on the black experience.


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